Vice President & regional director for the Middle East & South Asia
Zar Wardak is a proven and respected leader in global finance. With over 10 years experience in executive financial management, she is currently the Regional Director of FINCA International (Middle East & South Asia), one of the leading microfinance organizations in the world. She is also the Chairperson for the Afghanistan Microfinance Association and Chairperson of Board for the MESA subsidiaries.
She is the former CEO of FINCA Afghanistan, where she transformed the subsidiary to sustainability within three years. Prior to joining FINCA, Zar was a financial services industry consultant in Afghanistan, and before that, Vice President with Citibank North America.
Ms Wardak completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Business at Southwestern College in Kansas, and a Master of Science in Peace Operations at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Being fluent in English, Dari, Pashtu and Urdu, and having a unique cultural understanding and perspective, allows Afghan-American Zar to achieve exceptional outcomes for the organizations she works for. She is a sought-after speaker, and has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus on the topic of Microfinance as it relates to peace and prosperity.
Despite working in extremely complex and challenging environments, Zar Wardak has an impressive track record of transforming financial organisations into well-governed, high-performing and sustainable entities.